It is crazy how far the vacation rental industry has come. 10-15 years ago, most people didn’t even know vacation rentals were an option aside from hotels. Now travelers have the choice of booking on multiple different platforms. But did you know booking a vacation rental on a travel agent site is costing you […]


Resort style living just got even better! A new community is currently in the works for Lakewood Ranch and has many resort-style amenities that you will absolutely love. The best news of all, we currently have rentals available for you to book now! Community Information: Lakewood National community will offer many different types of properties […]


Are you ready to explore the city of Sarasota? We have created the ultimate bucket list full of attractions and activities to do in Sarasota. Get a feel for how the locals live here. We’re sure you will love every minute of our bucket list.   The Ultimate Sarasota Bucket List for Adults Siesta Key Beach:  Of […]


Ahh winter season in Florida…it is by far the most wonderful time of the year. It doesn’t get much better than 70-degree weather.  Especially for those long days spent at the beach or days spent on the golf course. Whatever the reason may be for visiting, there is always plenty of activities and attractions to […]


  Whether you live in a hurricane prone area or you are visiting/on vacation when a storm hits, it’s always safe to be prepared then suffer the consequences if not. In light of Hurricane Irma we urge guests and homeowners to be prepared if leaving your rental home/ home is not an option. We wanted […]


  We have some new local favorites that people can’t get enough of. These three restaurants are a new edition to the Bradenton and Sarasota area having opened this summer or soon to be opening in the fall. So far, all three restaurants have had great reviews and anticipations, but we’ll let you be the […]


Robinson’s Preserve Looking to escape to the great outdoors this vacation? We have the perfect place, a 600+ acre island preserve. Welcome to Robinson’s Preserve, a place that is fun for the whole family! It is home to a salt marsh and hundreds of different species of fish and marine life. You can find this […]


    If you have never visited Florida, there is one thing you need to know…pack light clothing! Unless you’re traveling during the 2 months of winter Florida gets (January & February) the weather here will be sunny and warm. Florida days usually consist of 80% of sunshine and 20% rain. Especially during the summers, […]


Heading to the Bradenton, Florida area soon and looking for date night activities to plan? Don’t stress we’re here for you. Date night planning is easy, you only need 3 things. 1) Your significant other, 2) Destination (Bradenton…check), 3) activities, which we will provide for you.  See how simple that was, your planning is complete! […]


What does ARDI cover? A question that we get asked quite a bit here at Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals is, “what is ARDI and what does it stand for?” ARDI stands for accidental rental damage insurance. This is an insurance plan that we offer our vacation rental guests to provide coverage against accidental damages. Although […]